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The deal whisperer

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Jeff Sine is an under-the-radar dealmaker who is quietly one of the most trusted advisors to SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, left, as well as other corporate titans like Rupert Murdoch, second from left, and Ari Emanuel, right.

From humble beginnings, Jeff Sine built a career as an unorthodox banker who offered unvarnished advice and tamed unruly transactions for business moguls like Masayoshi Son and Rupert Murdoch. He defied the odds and built merchant bank The Raine Group into an investing empire in its own right.

December 6, 2016 would prove a fateful day for Masayoshi Son – and, though he didn’t realize it yet, for one of his most trusted advisors as well. The SoftBank CEO had secured meetings with two ascendant stars who each represented the possibility of billions in profits.

Early in the afternoon, Masa found himself in Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan, in a summit with Donald Trump, the soon-to-be leader of the free world, ostensibly to congratulate him on his surprising election victory.